A Connoisseur's Guide

Your eyes are like cheap birthstones-- all surface shine when you stalk some little answer.

-Dr. Lecter to Clarice Starling

Problem-solving is hunting; it is a savage pleasure and we are born to it.
-Thomas Harris, SotL



…something more goes to the composition of a fine murder than two blockheads to kill and be killed, a knife, a purse, and a dark lane. Design, gentlemen, grouping, light and shade, poetry, sentiment, are now deemed indispensable to attempts of this nature.

— Thomas de Quincey,
“Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts”

About The Silence of the Lambs, A Connoisseur's Guide

  • This project debuted in 1996.
  • Version 1.0 of this site was cited by John Lanchester in his review of Hannibal for The London Review of Books, "Slapping the Clammy Flab"
  • The color scheme for this site was inspired by Dr. Lecter's signature stationary.
  • This site and all materials within are presented for educational purposes only
  • Contact the author & editor: mj dot accounts at gmail dot com 

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